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"Love Is the Drug" is a 1975 single from Roxy Music's fifth studio album Siren.


 [hide*1 Roxy Music original

Roxy Music original[edit][]


The song was the lead single taken from the album Siren. A number two hit in the United Kingdom, it also gave the group its first substantial exposure in the United States, reaching number 30 in early 1976 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and doing even better on progressive rock radio. Its B-side in most countries was "Sultanesque", a non-LP instrumental track written by Ferry, which is now available on the The Thrill of It All boxset.

The song started as an Andy Mackay instrumental, but then gained lyrics from Bryan Ferry; Ferry said the song came to him while he was walking and kicking the leaves in London's Hyde Park. The audio sample[clarification needed - what audio sample?], previously thought to be from the opening of the 1971 Steven Spielberg film "Duel", is actually from New Orleans Bump by Jelly Roll Morton.

The unique bassline by John Gustafson became influential. In the DVD, More Than This: The Story of Roxy MusicNile Rodgers of Chic states that the song was a big influence as the bass timing is almost identical to the one in Chic's song, "Good Times". In the Depeche Mode tour documentary/film 101, lead vocalist Dave Gahan sings along to the song while playing a pinball machine.

The song remains Roxy Music's highest-charting single in the US, while in the UK it was topped only by their 1981 version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


Chart positions[edit][]

Chart (1975–1976) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 15
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 3
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 39
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 30
Chart (1996)1 Peak


UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 33


Grace Jones version[edit][]

"Love Is the Drug"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Warm Leatherette
B-side "Sinning", "Living My Life", "The Apple Stretching"
Released 1980
Format 7"12"
Genre Pop rocknew wave
Label Island
Writer(s) Bryan FerryAndy Mackay
Producer(s) Chris BlackwellAlex Sadkin
Grace Jones singles chronology
"A Rolling Stone"


"Love Is the Drug"


"Private Life"


Grace Jones recorded "Love Is the Drug" on her Warm Leatherette album from 1980. The track was released as the second single, following "A Rolling Stone" in the UK while it was the first single to be released in Germany. After failing to chart in 1980, a remix of the Grace Jones version was released in 1986 following the 1985 compilation Island Life and then became a minor hit in the UK, peaking at no. 35. Music video was produced for the 1986 remix and directed by Matt Forrest and Bruno Tilley.[11]

Track listing[edit][]

  • 7" Single (1980)[12]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 4:40
B. "Sinning" — 4:10
  • 12" Single (1980)[13]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 8:40
B. "Sinning" — 4:10
  • 12" Single (1981)[14]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 7:15
B. "Demolition Man" — 4:04
  • UK 7" Single (1986)[15]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 3:21
B. "Living My Life" — 5:28
  • EU 7" Single (1986)[16]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 3:42
B. "Living My Life" — 3:58
  • 12" Single (1986)[17]
A. "Love Is the Drug" — 6:57
B1. "Living My Life" — 5:28
B2. "The Apple Stretching" — 6:55

Chart performance[edit][]

Chart (1986) Peak


Germany (Media Control Charts)[18] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 35

Other cover versions[edit][]